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, kim jong-un. >>> defense officials in north korea have accepted a new agreement between south korea and the u.s. that they overextend the range of ballistic missiles held by seoul to cover the whole of north korea. the north's national defense commission has claimed its strategic rocket forces can strike bases in south korea as well as plalss in japan, guam, and the u.s. mainland. the statement also said north korea is prepared to counter any missiles on nuclear weapons with equal force. u.s. and south korean officials say the range of seoul's ballistic missiles will be increased from 300 to 800 kilometers. they say the extension is in response to the north's missile development program. >>> sri lanka shines as a center for global production of precious stones. the island produces several dozen types of gemstone famous around the world for their quality. gems also are a valuable component of the nation's exports. japan was once sri lanka's largest partner in the trade. but in recent years, the industry has seen big changes, and a new customer is number one. nhk world reports. >> rep
. >> reporter: defense ministers confirm there's no change to the exit strategy. they say that 75% of the population of afghanistan lives in areas where order is maintained by afghan national military and police forces. nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen stressed the withdrawal plan is based on an objective analysis of the situation in the country. >> it's not because isaf partners rushed for the exit. it's not because of lack of cohesion within our coalition. on the contrary, we have agreed to hand over to the afghans, and as they step forwards, our troops can step backwards. >> reporter: about 100,000 troops from 50 countries including the u.s. are deployed to maintain security in afghanistan. the international forces are training afghan army and police personnel so they can fill the void after foreign troops leave the country. but trust between the two sides is being undermined by a series of recent insider attacks. international soldiers have been killed by afghan military or police personnel or people wearing afghan uniforms. anti-american sentiment has also been gr
conducted by leading tv networks found opinions mixed after the debate. >>> the u.s. defense secretary says his department is better equipped to deal with cyber threats. leon panetta has revealed military programmers made advances that make it easier to track down hackers. panetta warned of the damage cyberattacks against infrastructure such as water or power plants or transportation systems could cause. he says his department has developed the capability to locate perpetrators even before they strike. >> over the last two years, d.o.d. has made significant investments in forensics to address this problem of attribution. and we're seeing the returns on that investment. >> panetta says a cyberplot by a nation or extremist group could be as destructive as the 9/11 attacks and could paralyze the u.s. the secretary expressed concern about the cyber capabilities of china, russia, and iran. he says the government and private sector must share information in order for the military to defend the nation's networks and interests more effectively. >>> a memorial ceremony was held on a friday in indone
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